SSSdave

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Family of air spindrift swirling around molded, smoothly round, wind shaped forms of tree wells during a quiet mid day woods visit. Red firs.

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Tony

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My wife and I got lucky on Monday 2/22, on our first try to see Fire Fall, which can happen in 2nd half of February on Horsetail Fall in Yosemite. This is not the same as the environmentally questionable practice that ended in 1968, after nearly 100 years of dumping burning embers off Glacier Point, that I saw once from Yosemite Valley in the 1960s. This natural Fire Fall was first photographed by Galen Rowell in 1973.

Besides getting a reservation to enter the Park, it takes a sunset without clouds, enough water for falls to be flowing and enough warmth so it's not frozen. We barely had enough water, but sunset also lit up some of the mist the wind was moving around. That is El Capitan to the left of Horsetail Fall. We had to walk about 2 miles each way from where we parked to our viewing point. There was some snow in the shade on some of paths in the 4,000' elevation valley. The first photo is from an iPhone as my camera, which took the second one, was having trouble with the light and I have not had to use it much in manual mode. Pictures where taken about a minute apart.
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@KevinF, what snowshoes have you got? Do you like them?
I got the MSR Revo Ascent snowshoe over the summer; I had been hoping to head up to NH to do some winter hiking, but that didn't wind up occurring due to various travel restrictions, etc. (And that I moved...).

They seem to work really well though; the floor of the tunnel was basically a hockey rink and the snowshoe crampons provided enough grip on that that I felt secure. They're fun! I like them.
 

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I got the MSR Revo Ascent snowshoe over the summer; I had been hoping to head up to NH to do some winter hiking, but that didn't wind up occurring due to various travel restrictions, etc. (And that I moved...).

They seem to work really well though; the floor of the tunnel was basically a hockey rink and the snowshoe crampons provided enough grip on that that I felt secure. They're fun! I like them.
I've got Tubbs flex RDGs. They have similar crampons on the underside. I've found them just fine on glare ice. I do steepish hills, where they also shine both up and down. The bindings are awesome, with a boa that is so easy to tighten and release. I don't know how long they will last given the use those crampons are getting. I'm on granite as well as snow and ice, although I try to limit the dings.
 
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